For Swansea's Benjamin Damage it all began with the raw energy fueled “Maximum Carnage” mixtapes with DJ Venom, mixing up Bassline/Niche rhythms with the emerging UK Funky sound. Following this was the insanely catchy “Deeper” for Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen label which was perhaps the true beginning of the “Deep Rave” sound. Following the success of “Deeper” came the brilliantly diverse 4 track solo EP “Antidote”. Featuring haunting melodies, intricate rhythms and vicious bass, the record was supported by the likes of Jackmaster, Sinden and Seb Chew and received radio play on Rinse FM and Radio 1. “Creeper” - the first collaboration with Doc Daneeka, moved the “Deep Rave” sound on further into the beautiful and unexplainable. Sent directly to Modeselektor on New Years Eve, it saw a huge San Francisco audience into 2011 that very night and was promptly signed the next day onto their 50 Weapons label. With the B-Side “Infamous” complete, the duo were shipped out to a huge studio in central Berlin to write an album.
Doc Daneeka has once been named “the King of Wales” by US magazine XLR8R. His highly praised Ten Thousand Yen imprint has not only released the fantastic “Deeper” by Benjamin Damage (with production partner Venom), but also glorious singles by XXXY and Julio Bashmore amongst others. The Welshman's been dropping hints of subtle flair ever since his track "Drums in the Deep" appeared on Fabric's Elevator Music back in January 2010, and now with only a handful of remixes and singles under his belt, seems to have hit an early maturity with the release of a full length album.
“They Live!”, their first album together, planned for release on January 27 2012, is a collection of Berlin inspired, UK influenced Deep House, UK Funky, Tech House, Detroit- and Dub-Techno tracks all recorded in Berlin between late August and early November 2011. You'll find as much depth as you will find uplifting energy on here. There is as much darkness as light. Melodies and soundscapes go hand in hand with club pleasing beats. On some tracks you will hear the lush voice of UK singer Abigail Wyles, who came to Berlin to record with the Swansea boys.